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This is my translation of “She listened them sleep”
by Annika Hiltunen , for the SoJie 14 Workshop.

The underlying theme is a little girl who is reads the polar bears to sleep every night, by the light of the stars.

The intent was to communicate innocence, whimsey and a “peaceful coziness”…all of which are communicated in the original piece by Annika.

The composition was based on the golden spiral.

Software used:

Photoshop Cs4


sojie 14, polar bears reading, books, topaz, photoshop

I have been an Art Director in the Video Games industry for almost 15 years. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s a lot more work than most people realize.The hours are long and the responsibilities are many. It has left little time or energy for some of my more time consuming creative endeavors, sculpture,3D Modelling, illustration and film making, especially when balancing a family.

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  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballalmost 3 years ago

    This is such a wonderful translation!

  • Thank you Susan it was a fun piece to do.

    – Peyton Duncan

  • John Poon
    John Poonalmost 3 years ago

    Great Finish!

  • Thanks John-much appreciated


    – Peyton Duncan

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 3 years ago

    Marvelous work Peyton,, i think this would be an amazing book cover!!! ;)

  • Thank you Linda, my daughter thinks it would make a good poster for her school library…I guess that is where they take kids to put them to sleep.

    – Peyton Duncan

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 3 years ago

    Magical. I am enchanted by this creation. Congratulations on a beautiful translation Peyton.

  • Thank you Anthea, I am glad you enjoyed it.

    – Peyton Duncan

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...almost 3 years ago

    I am so blown away by this translation, love love love it!!!!!

  • Thank you Diane, I am glad you liked it.

    – Peyton Duncan

  • AsEyeSee
    AsEyeSeealmost 3 years ago

    Peyton, I can see and feel all of the things you wanted to convey!! This is jaw-dropping work. I really appreciated being able to watch your WsIP. Excellent interpretation. Congratulations on a very successful collaboration with Annika.

  • Thank you so much, it was a lot of fun translating Annika’s work.

    – Peyton Duncan

  • annihoo
    annihooalmost 3 years ago

    I wrote to the Sojie 14 workshop before you started the process: this is going to be gorgeous!! Yes, as you can see now, I have a bad habit of being quite a fortuneteller ;) Thank you Peyton, from the bottom of my heart. I really enjoyed watching your wips and now I am enjoying the wonderful result!

  • Hey Annika, I am so pleased you were happy with the result.
    I can’t tell you how many different versions i had of the girl, but at one point she was dressed in a polar bear costume…LOL, Thank you so much for letting me translate this piece…I would have never done a piece like this otherwise.

    Thanks again

    – Peyton Duncan

  • Lana Wynne
    Lana Wynnealmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant work on all levels ( composition, colors, atmosphere and idea)! Love it very much! Huge congratulations, Peyton!

  • Thank you so much Lana.
    it was a fun piece to do. Every decision I made was based on Annika’s piece. I chose a cool pallet because hers was so warm and summery. I chose a little girl because she had a woman with a “child like” personality. …I even chose to add a cup of hot cocoa..with the steam to mimic her quill pen…The composition was a loose golden spiral

    Thanks again for the wonderful comment I am glad you enjoyed the result.

    – Peyton Duncan

  • Syberdon
    Syberdonalmost 3 years ago

    Great translation Peyton. It’s always a pleasure to see your work. Your sense of balance is impeccable. Thanks for sharing the process.

  • Thanks Don, it was a fun piece yo work on.

    – Peyton Duncan

  • Qnita
    Qnitaalmost 3 years ago

    I’m in love with this translation! Congratulations!!

  • Thank you Qnita, i am glad you liked it.

    – Peyton Duncan

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